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Drake offers two areas of study in special education at the graduate level: a master's degree and an endorsement-only track. The programs' coursework prepare educators to teach in a challenging but rewarding field. Special education teachers work individually with students with disabilities to help them grow personally and academically.
The special education programs are designed to prepare highly competent special educators to teach students with mild or moderate disabilities, behavioral disorders or learning disabilities across a variety of school settings. The program accommodates applicants with a variety of backgrounds and interests, and with or without previous special education training. The applicant must currently hold a valid Iowa teacher's license either at the elementary or secondary level, and must meet graduate admission requirements for both the endorsement and Master's of Science in Special Education.
Program candidates are given several professional development opportunities including the opportunity for students to participate as presenters and attendees of the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavioral Disorders Conference. This conference attracts 500 special educators who focus on the needs of students with learning and behavioral disabilities.
Students have the option of receiving one of four endorsements while working toward their master's degree. Graduate students can also complete an endorsement-only program to obtain additional licensure.
Dr. Michael Couvillon